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Bessie Whiten Thomas




Bessie Whiten Thomas, 78, of  Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at her home.

Born Monday, January 4, 1943 in Front Royal, VA, she was the daughter of the late Walter Franklin Utz and the late Irene (Murphy) Utz.

Bessie was employed at Beachley Furniture Company retiring after 23 years.She was a devoted Christian and a member of Emmanuel Chapel in Smithsburg, MD. Bessie enjoyed all her animals  and  her music especially time with her band Down Home Gospel Singers, but especially enjoyed spending time with her family and fixing dinner for all the family.

She is survived by her husband, John Richard Thomas, Sr; daughter, Jeresa Ann Brown and husband Eldon of Hagerstown, MD; son, Charles Wood Jr. and wife Kerri of Hagerstown, MD; two step sons, John R. Thomas Jr. and wife Regina of Williamsport, MD, Ricky Thomas and wife Laurel of Clear Spring, MD; step daughter, Trudy Spielman and husband Frank of Mercersburg, PA; 11 grandchildren, Brittany Ricker and husband Scott of Hagerstown, MD, Jeremy Wood and wife Korey of Williamsport, MD, E.J. Brown and wife Jamie of Hagerstown, MD, Megan Brown of Hagerstown, MD, Bella Thomas of Williamsport, MD, Darian Fuller of Chambersburg, PA, Dennis Spielman of Evans, GA, Frankie Spielman of Mercersburg, PA, Michael  Spielman and wife Brandy of Waynesboro, PA, Gail Johnson and husband Justin of Greencastle, PA, and Devin Thomas of Williamsport, MD; great grandchildren, Mason, Makenna, Kaylee, Clay, Gavin, Emmy, Tatum, Benjamin, Creighton, Ryder, Charlotte, Cayden, & Lyric.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Wood, Sr., brothers, Floyd Utz, Norman Utz, twin sister, Jessie Rajotte and grandchild, Cody Thomas.

Services and interment will be held privately with the family.

Interment will be at the Shenandoah Memorial Park, Winchester, VA.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Washington County 13011 Maugansville Rd, Hagerstown, MD, 21740 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.

Online condolences may be expressed at

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Please accept our condolences on your loss. Bessie was such a warm, wonderful Christian lady that she always brightened our day. Now she is just brightening our day from above.

mary Howell
Hagerstown, Maryland

John and family, I'm so very sorry for your loss. May God comfort you at this difficult time. Bessie was such a sweet lady ,I met her through your daughter Trudy. We will be praying for you and your whole family. Love and Prayers, John & Robin Irvin Clear Spring, Md.

Robin Irvin
Clear Spring, Maryland

So sorry to hear of Bessie's passing. My condolences. Prayers for the family. Buck Fisher

Buck Fisher
Middletown , Maryland

I met Bessie through her husband, John. She was always very pleasant, and made you feel welcome in her home. I know that John loved her very much, and we will miss her. Rest in peace.


Ann and family, I am so very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I know where you get your beauty. Hop up good memories will help you through. Jan Love Wehrle

Jan Love Wehrle
Hagerstown , MD

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